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Largest Trout Fishing Sector: 879th Most Ignorant Citizens: 13,473rd Largest Agricultural Sector: 14,463rd
The Federated Island Empire of
Iron Fist Consumerists
SC Rules the Waves
Kronprinz Mara Rumata
Influence
Squire
Region
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Thriving
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Southern Cross

Population1.902 billion

CapitalVatera
LeaderKronprinz Mara Rumata
FaithCross Orthodoxy

CurrencyPure White Cocaine
AnimalFirehawk

The Federated Island Empire of Southern Cross is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Kronprinz Mara Rumata with an iron fist, and notable for its compulsory military service, ubiquitous missile silos, and pith helmet sales. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical population of 1.902 billion Cross are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Law & Order, and Industry. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Vatera. Citizens pay a flat income tax of 27.2%.

The thriving Imperial economy, worth 157 trillion Pure White Cocaines a year, is fairly diversified and led by the Trout Farming industry, with significant contributions from Arms Manufacturing, Beef-Based Agriculture, and Automobile Manufacturing. Black market activity is frequent. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 82,886 Pure White Cocaines, but there is a significant disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 239,270 per year while the poor average 22,783, a ratio of 10.5 to 1.

The government is using tax revenues to provide jobs for the poor, breast milk is being redistributed from each according to their ability to each according to their need, the song 'They Got an Awful Lot of Coffee in Southern Cross' is a smash hit, and a death threat has replaced 'hello' as an official greeting in the nation. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Southern Cross's national animal is the Firehawk, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Cross Orthodoxy.

Southern Cross is ranked 142,284th in the world and 11th in Heart for Most Rebellious Youth, scoring -11 on the Stark-Dean Displacement Index.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 13,473rdLargest Agricultural Sector: 14,463rdLargest Black Market: 15,472nd
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Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Black Market: 1st in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the region

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